“A dickpic is actually a product of a man’s extremely close relationship with his penis, a friendship that has grown since mankind developed from primates. It is a representation of a culturally shaped masculinity and the fascination among men to measure and compare, above all their own performance. The dickpic is also a phallus, and a much stronger one than a high tower or an expensive motorcycle. It is part of the new, technological courting ritual. However, it is not as recent as one might think, it has apparent historical connotations. In short: the dickpic is a modern phenomenon with cultural and historical anchorage. The dickpic is about a male stereotype in transition. The question is: What are we going to do with it?”
Why do young boys love to draw dicks in the snow?
How come seven out of ten men has a nickname for their penis?
What compels a man to send a dickpic?
In Men Show Me Their Dicks, journalist Caroline Hainer is looking for the answers. The focal point is the male genitals, and men’s complex relationship with them. The search takes her to a questioned masculinity, classical art, the law, political campaigns and the dark nooks of the internet.